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December 9, 2010

December Daily 2010 | Day Eight

Welcome to Day Eight!

A day without photos for me. I did take some (including one I just took tonight of Simon in his Santa hat that I’ll likely use tomorrow), but decided to use my journaling from this post. Behind the journaling I added one of the words from my Painted Christmas Words package. That story, along with a note Simon wrote me, is my Day Eight.

Here’s a look at that first page:

In Photoshop I opened the Remember Template from the 6×8 December Daily Layered Template package, made the background white, drew a new text box with the Type tool and then copied and pasted my journaling from my Loving post. I made the “Loving” at the beginning of each sentence bold and red. I also changed the color of the frame to a light brown.

Next I opened the Joy.png file from my Painted Christmas Words package and enlarged it by dragging it from the corner (I work in Photoshop CS4 so I need to hold down the shift key while doing this to maintain the correct proportions). Edit/Fill to recolor and then I adjusted the opacity to about 20% by moving the slider at the top of the layers palette. I moved it down in the layer palette to just above the background.

Printed the whole thing on cardstock. I’m using the same Cream Puff cardstock from Bazzill throughout my album.

Along the edge I trimmed a tag from this set and added a little metal key. Here’s a close-up look at that part of the page:

I used adhesive and just a bit of stitching along the bottom of the tag.

And page two:

Lately Simon’s been reaching for my 12×12 white cardstock when he wants to write me a note (which usually takes up just a bit of the page). That was the case with this note. Since I couldn’t fit it onto the page as he had written it (straight across the top of the 12×12) I decided to cut out each word and paste it back together.

After adhering I ran it through the sewing machine to create the lines.

I definitely could have left out the “th” that he crossed out, but I liked it.

Finished off the page with a strip of pattern paper, a couple little gold gems (I think these came from Micheal’s – they were in a little strip and I trimmed off individual ones), and a 7gypsies label sticker with Simon’s name and age.

SUPPLIES : Ali Edwards Painted Christmas Words; Small Gold Jems; Bronze Key (unknown source); Making Memories Clasp; The Girls Paperie Pattern Paper; Cavallini Christmas Cheer Gift Tags; Hamby Red Vintage Plaid; Ali Edwards Christmas Boxes; American Crafts Playroom Thickers (in green here); Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paint Dash of Red: Two Peas |; Ali Edwards 2010 6×8 December Daily overlays; Ali Edwards 6×8 December Daily Layered Templates

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I’d love to have you include a link to your DAY EIGHT page here. Please link directly to your post or image on Flickr vs. your general blog link. Thank you! Also – don’t feel like you need to leave a comment!


  • 1.
    Julia said…

    ali, your page is once again wonderful. loved your “loving…” journaling…it’s great!

  • 2.

    i think this page is my favorite of yours thus far. Love your style!

  • 3.
    Mrs. b said…

    Love your layout today! Thank you for the idea of using the templates for journaling as well! (it didn’t occur to me even though I have been using these almost every day now… :-)
    I also like the creative lines, makes me definitely want to bring out my sewing machine a lot more.
    But most, I like your story. It makes me reflect a bit of my own DD project. That I need to take a step back to look at it, and not get too focused on certain things (always easier said than done). Thanks for the inspiration!

    Just remembered I had a question regarding the recoloring on CS4, but I’ll have to check it when I get back home after work.

  • 4.
    dawn said…

    I love that you included these thoughts in your journal. Such a neat idea to save Simon’s note also. That’s so sweet that he wrote it. We haven’t watched any holiday movies yet, need to plan a movie night soon.

    I’m loving this project so much, every day I keep going back to page one and reading and looking at all the pictures again. This is going to be a favorite and makes me wish my mom had one of these for me from my childhood. Thanks so much Ali.

  • 5.
    Petra from NL said…

    Lovely documentation of an ordinary day.

  • 6.
    Estellita said…

    I like writing on things, too. Some details which seems no important, but those we won’t remember later. That’s grateful !

  • 7.
    Anastasia said…

    it’s a really nice idea with the word as a background on your left page – I am sure I will get a change to try it very soon:-)

  • 8.
    Ruth said…

    I hardly ever not use photos on a LO, but yours looks fab, so now I’m seriously tempted.

  • 9.
    Jo said…

    I love the way you sewed the note in, really great effect. It’s also really good to see a day without a photo, because there are those days when there isn’t any great photos to use. In my mind I have a back-up photo to take if I’m without a story for the day; my kids hot water bottles. I bought them each a hot water bottle in November and sewed a cute cow print fleece cover for them. Everynight so far in December they have gone to bed with those hot water bottles to keep them warm.
    Thanks for sharing your days Ali.

  • 10.
    jennifer said…

    that note is precious! i totally agree that keeping the x’d th! what a treasure these little books are!

  • 11.
    Jenny Alfonso said…

    Love the simplicity of it all. By far my favorite page of yours! Simon is too sweet!

  • 12.
    Shelly said…

    I love that you kept the Th!!!

  • 13.
    Tracy said…

    Ali, I’m loving every day of December Daily! This was the first year I’ve seen it so I’m enjoying watching the process…I think I’ll do it next year :)

  • 14.
    christen said…

    inspiring and beautiful!

  • 15.
    LisaAnn said…

    I love your style! Thanks for all of the inspiration you provide for this project and countless others.

  • 16.
    Marsaille said…

    Great idea Ali. Pictures aren’t always necessary!

  • 17.
    Helen said…

    This is my by far my favourite spread of yours so far!

  • 18.
    Kelly said…

    love your pages today, ali.

  • 19.
    Sarah R. said…

    I look forward to checking your December Daily update like it’s a gift itself! It is inspiring and motivating to see what you have put together. I am really enjoying this project! So, thank you.

  • 20.
    Alexandra said…

    I love that you left the ‘Th’ in!!

  • 21.
    Christy Miller said…

    wow! day8! and I’m exactly where you were…no pictures! I made banana bread so maybe I’ll still take a picture of that but I really like what you did with your “loving” journaling. I’m going to “borrow” the idea and make my day 8 super simple! Thanks Ali for showing us that no pictures is just fine! (My printer ink will thank me for a break!)

  • 22.
    amy tangerine said…

    loving the way you stitched his words down. his words are magical.

  • 23.
    pidge said…

    i don’t remember seeing the answer to this — Do you glue the pages together? I mean this journaled page, is it glued to yesterdays last page? And the one with Simon’s writing, is it glued to the first page of day nine?? Don’t know why I totally missed this.

    • ….
      Heather said…

      Yes, yes, and yes :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Yep (LOL Heather) – lots of gluing back to back!

  • 24.
    Carrie Rosalind said…

    I love this page! I like that you kept in the “th” – it adds character! :)

  • 25.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    really like this – are you taking Simon on the Polar Bear Express again!! Is that your surprise this weekend. Wish it was closer to us – we would do the same with Brody!! so wonderful

  • 26.
    Peg said…

    Wow, tell Simon he has really neat handwriting for such a young boy! :) Love the coincidence that this note from your 8 year old landed on day 8.

  • 27.
    Brooke M said…

    Thank you so much for this page. I was sick this past Monday and did not have anything to take a photo of as I spent the whole day in bed sleeping. No clue what to do that day. But a page of journaling and reflection would be perfect!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  • 28.
    shelly k said…

    Love this page…even without photos!!! Great job!

  • 29.
    jan Davis from Canada said…

    In the quiet morn, while all is tranquil in the house and little bodies are still snuggled deep into comforters and teddy bears; I give myself some me time while sipping coffee from my favorite mug. This is my morning ritual, my solace time. I find I open my mind to the possibilities of the day. Your blog is part of my daily awakening and I find it to be a continual source of inspiration to me. It is not just about journalling but engaging in the “everyday”

    Today my inspiration comes from a little boy named Simon and his text message from the heart :) His handwritten words has reminded me to stop in the hurry of my day to embrace the heart of not only my children, but my “inner” child too. Thank you Simon for reminding me that this season is about the child in all of us :)

    I hope you enjoyed the movie,

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thank you Jan :) – what a nice message.

    • ….
      Layle said…

      Wow Jan, your comment brought tears to my eyes.

    • ….
      Diana H said…

      I love your comment! I have a similar ritual when I wake up (I have no kids) but I sit and eat oatmeal before I go to work and get my daily inspiration from several blogs! I love the Simon updates as well! So moving!

  • 30.
    Wilna said…

    Oh this is lovely. Funny enough, i am working on the exact same concept… except that my girls have a Christmas list to make. LOVE!

  • 31.
    lisa truesdell said…

    LOVE his note – and how you used it!

  • 32.
    heidig said…

    Loving this page! Loving the note from Simon.

  • 33.
    Mary (Happy Now) said…

    Awesome. SO very awesome.

  • 34.
    Katrina Kennedy said…

    Is it possible that this is my new favorite page?! LOVE the way you’ve included his note. So perfect and such a treasure of his age.

  • 35.
    Maggie said…

    Oh my, I LOVE the way you included Simon’s note! :) Just fabulous!

  • 36.
    Heather M. said…

    I ADORE Simon’s note, so precious!

  • 37.
    Amy Brock said…

    Loving that I CAN’T WAIT to find out what Simon’s Friday surprise is too! I hope you include it!

  • 38.
    barbi d. said…

    I LOVE how you chose to use Simon’s note.

  • 39.
    Tina Lee said…

    I love it! Thanks for sharing your family with us. I love how your DD is coming along. I’m working on mine, just slower because of waiting on photos, but no problem :-D

  • 40.
    josephine said…

    Again, I want to be you when I grow up! Your pages are beautiful.

  • 41.
    Mrs. b said…

    I promised to get back with a question regarding the recoloring, and here it comes :-)

    Do you know what (or if there is any) the difference is between by using the Edit/Fill to choose color, and that one where you double-click on the layer, click on the Color Overlay, and from there choose the color?
    I tried both of them now (I have so far only known of the Color Overlay), and don’t think I can see any difference, so maybe it’s just two ways of doing the same thing. (But I’ll keep thinking of it until I know :-)

    I also want to thank you for describing the change of the opacity of the layer – that is a new thing learnt for me today! :-)
    Thank you!

  • 42.
    Lori said…

    the painted words – joy – as the background how clever how you lowered the opacity and put it behind your journaling. i bought it already, but i wouldn’t have never thought to do that – i love it. thanks again for the inspiration! i am 2 days behind on decdaily, but hoping to catch up today!

  • 43.
    julie b. said…

    loving the fun things you are doing with your book this year!
    My book this year is all about simplicity….makes it much easier to keep up with it if I don’t ‘junk it up’! =)
    Happy Holidays!

  • 44.
    Amy said…

    I had no idea that I needed those painted words! But I guess I do. lol Great layout!

  • 45.
    Karen said…

    Love seeing a day with words….a kind of permission to not have to have photos everyday (I know its our own daily & we can do whatever we want, but still its a kind of ‘Ali Permission’ kind of thing! :>). I really like that you took previous writing/journaling from a previous post and so sweet with Simon’s writing. I’m always looking for ways to shrink down the kidlet’s notes, drawings, etc. and what’s nice here is that its still the original vs. a photo or digi scan that shrunk & printed. A gal’s gotta have options, right?! :>

  • 46.
    Michelle Mac said…

    Thnaks so much for including an example of a day without a photo! You have shown how cool that can be.

    Also, I was a bit late asking a day or so ago, but I really love the red foil strips you got from Paper Valise, but they don’t seem to have them anymore – do you know anywhere else I could get them?

  • 47.
    Lacey said…

    Super cute note from Simon Ali :) Thanks for explaining the above..been wondering how to do that! :) I enjoy seeing what you will come up with every day- first thing I do in the morning when I get up LOL Working on getting caught up from the past few days… thanks for the inspiration :)

  • 48.
    Anne M said…

    Thanks for the inspiration for days without (great) pictures! Simon’s handwriting is precious and worth many great pictures ;) I love the little gold gems on your patterned paper.

  • 49.
    Jan said…

    Love how you had a “journaling only” page and that you did it over the word art. Very cool. And Simon’s note is adorable!

    I borrowed two of your ideas for my pages today – I took a photo of myself and then journaled some thoughts right onto the photo. Love the effect.

  • 50.
    Melissa said…

    I honestly love the crossed out TH on the page it makes it so much more realistic and meaningful!

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